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problems with home network laptop,pc & external harddrive

by nat228 / November 21, 2009 10:57 PM PST

I am running a PC with Vista Ultimate 64bit edition, a laptop with vista premium and a 1TB buffalo harddrive. The whole network was working fine, until recently when I moved the sky router that everything runs from, from one side of my living room to the other. Now I can access the external hard drive from the PC and access all files on the laptop from the PC, but the laptop cannot access the PC or the external hard drive. I have checked all user permissions and sharing options and can't for the life of me find the problem. No settings have been changed from when it was working! Does anyone have any suggestions?

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No error messages or
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2009 11:12 PM PST

Does if prompt for a log in?

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by nat228 / November 21, 2009 11:16 PM PST
In reply to: No error messages or

yes it does but never used to, and we havent set it for any passwords

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2009 11:18 PM PST
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It prompts for log in.

That's a sign that the machine you got the log in prompt does not have a matching account on the server.

For example, I log in as BOB on a machine. I try to connect to a share on another machine and get the login box. This mean I need to go to the other machine to create the matching BOB account there.

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by nat228 / November 21, 2009 11:29 PM PST
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apparantly the log in box isnt when I try to get onto the other pc, it comes up with a message saying "windows cannot access "BOBS-DESKTOP" Check the spelling of the name. Otherwise there might be a problem with your network. To try to identify and resolve network problems click diagnose"
when you click diagnose it brings up the message "BOBS-DESKTOP is not a valid host name. Check the spelling of the name, make sure the computer is turned on and connected to the network or contact your network administrator."

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Seems easy enough.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 21, 2009 11:37 PM PST
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A lesson I learned long ago was to keep the names simple with nothing but letters and numbers to avoid such things. Redo without the dash?

And another issue is the firewalls or winsock damage due to Norton expiring or such. The biggest problem I've found for those diagnosing such is the old "it worked before" which means the person troubleshooting it will not do any changes. You have to wait for them to dig in deeper.

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